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Norwegian Lundehund

BREED GROUP: Hound
WEIGHT: 13.5 to 15.5 lbs
HEIGHT: 12 to 15 inches
COLOR(S): White, fawn, gray, black, yellow, white or sable.
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DESCRIPTION

The Norwegian Lundehund is among the world's rarest of dogs. It is a member of the Spitz family. It originated in Vaerog and Rost in northern Norway. For centuries it was used to hunt puffins from nests on steep cliffs. The Norwegian Lundehund is a rectangular spitz dog and is small and comparatively light.

TEMPERAMENT

Norwegian Lundehunds are friendly and love people. They are not aggressive and will snuggle with people or other dogs for hours. They love to play and will enjoy long sessions of it. Curious, they are ready to explore the world. Because of the Norwegian Lundehunds very unique characteristics, it makes an exceptional hunter. Its six toes on each foot, including two dewclaws, allow the dog to climb steep areas.

GROOMING

The Norwegian Lundehund is easy to groom. Comb and brush regularly with a firm, bristle brush, paying attention to the undercoat. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is a heavy shedder.

HEALTH

Prone to Lundehund Syndrome (a series of digestive problems). This unique syndrome renders the lifespan of a particular dog almost unpredictable. This Syndrome is under research. If you do not have the money to pay for potential extensive vet bills, this breed is not for you.

EXERCISE

The Norwegian Lundehund needs to be exercised every day with a long daily walk or jog. In addition, they will greatly enjoy sessions of play.

TRAINING

This breed is intelligent and can be trained for agility. The Norwegian Lundehund is somewhat primitive and can be extremely difficult to housebreak. Crate training works well with this primitive breed, because they still have a strong den instinct. his breed usually prefers his own family to other people, and has a tendency to be shy of them, but not aggressive. Socialize this dog well. The Norwegian Lundehund needs a firm, confident consistent pack leader. Without one, he will be stubborn, obstinate and demanding.



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